Primoz Rogic kept an eye-catching edge overall on Tuesday in the Tour de France and now turned to a high-altitude shutdown awaiting the elite for Wednesday’s height-ridden Maribel climb. German all-rounder Lenard Kamna of Bora-Hansgro won Stage 16 after the tour’s first major escape group was allowed to get away from some moderate mountains. Kamna made a good comeback in the 164-kilometer race through the Alps, defeating Ineos rider Richard Carapaz after being part of the pair’s escape group to enter the final.
The win was just the reward for the 24-year-old who was planted in line at the PU Mary Volcano last week. It was her first Tour de France stage win, and Bora’s first of the year.
“I noticed that Carapaz didn’t feel great and I went all in and did this thing,” said Kamna, a talented time-quarterly who can have a big future.
“I was very disappointed at Puy Marie, but it puts me behind.”
About 17 minutes earlier, in an area spent with ski resorts, the Yellow Jersey group teamed up with Tadej Pogakar only to try to harass Arogya and his Jumbo-Wisma teammates.
Colombia’s Miguel लngel López led them all from the final 200 meters, but there was no change at the top except for Nairo Quintana who lost a little time.
Roglic leads Pogacar by 40 seconds with five seconds remaining. Rigoberto Urren is third in 1 minute 34 seconds, while Lopez and Briton Adam Yates are out of the top five.
Inios sent two riders to the breakaway, Karapaz and Pavel Sivakov, the pair who were supposed to help their leader at the summit, but both fell one day.
British team captain Egan Bernal suffered a shocking slowdown on Sunday and was out of contention.
Showing depth of character, the 23-year-old Colombian made himself freely available to the media just after his defeat, and here the defending champion rode again with a smile on his face.
Slovenian duo Roglic and their rival Pogacar are now the focus of attention on an atypical tour, where the Jumbo have ruled out Ineos as the dominant team.
“Everything was under control,” said 30-year-old Rosick, who once again had a pose with him all the way to the finish line.
The former ski jumper who emerged as the most powerful athlete said, “But tomorrow will be good to watch. This is the Queen Stage, the highest point, the last five kilometers of hard work. It will be a battle for every second.” Take a bicycle trip in the last three years.
Wednesday’s stage 17 leaves the Alpine town of Grenoble, the tour passes through the 17 km winding road to Stelvert Call de la Madeleine and ends at Mount Maribel.
Only the recently opened new section makes its debut in parts with a 20 percent limit on the Tour de France and at some altitude of 2,304 meters the rare air passage above the treeline will leave some gasping.
The designer of this tour route, Thierry Gouvenau, said that the final high-altitude section has this difficulty.
“There are seven kilometers over 2,000 meters and that would be for light men with a lot of kick,” he said.
At these high mountain performances, the huge crowds gathering for the grueling two-day parties may be quieter than usual, as no vehicle is allowed to reach higher.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Tour de France organizers were in a mood to announce that all their cyclists were negative in the final round of the Kovid-19 trials.
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